In 2010, Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue requested funding for a Recruitment program under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant which was approved. The purpose of this SAFER grant was to provide funding directly to the fire department and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained, “front-line” firefighters available in their Frederick County communities. Grant Manager, Ann Brown, was instrumental in obtaining and having oversight of this grant.
Frederick County was the first county within the State of Maryland to venture into this type of grant, for recruiting, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Fire Administration. Since then, several other Maryland counties have followed suit.
The grant helped to improve safety and provide 25 local Frederick County fire and rescue companies with additional volunteers.
Many of those recruited volunteers have continued their training to become qualified firefighters or EMTs to serve their local community or becoming in-county career firefighters.
In partnership with each individual company, over 900 members were recruited within that four year span. Along with Mrs. Brown’s assistance, the local fire company’s efforts have been supplemented with a target marketing campaign named ‘Gear Up’ in an effort
to attract new members which has been very successful.
Because of the grant with Mrs. Brown’s assistance, Frederick County will carry on with the momentum gained by the positive relationships built with the companies, combined with the new volunteer orientation program, will continue to support the local and county wide recruitment program for the volunteer fire and rescue service.
Today, January 31, 2019 marks the end of Mrs. Brown’s Grants Manager service to us! She is retiring today after nineteen years
of service. We wish her well in her new chapter of life. Thanks, Ann Brown, for a job well done!